Many motorcycle riders love it- the feeling of riding down the open road, especially without a helmet. However, the dangers that come along with that feeling are all too real. Deaths related to motorcycle accidents are most often due to brain injury. In fact, motorcyclists who are involved in a serious accident without a helmet are 85% more likely to have a traumatic brain injury than their helmet-wearing counterparts.
Being aware of these risks is important for all motorcycle riders. Between 2001 and 2008 there were over 34,000 motorcyclists killed, and approximately 1.2 million riders suffered from serious injuries. Of the 300,000 brain injuries that lead to hospitalizations in the United States each year, about half are due to motorcycle accidents. The death rate from motorcycle accidents has increased by over 50% over the past ten years, and 22% of these accidents involve head and/or neck injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries results in over 50,000 deaths each year, and are one of the leading causes of death among young adults. There are also thousands of people each year who are disabled for life due to brain and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries are often impossible to heal from, and those who suffer from said injuries require long term care and therapy.